Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires Of The City has topped Rolling Stone magazine's Albums of the Year poll. The album has beaten out Kanye West's Yeezus and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories for the number one spot.
Paul McCartney's New and Reflektor by Arcade Fire also make the top five while 2013 albums from Queens of the Stone Age, The National, David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Ashley Monroe and Laura Marling have landed in the top 20.
The top 10 is:
1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
2. Kanye West - Yeezus
3. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
4. Paul McCartney - New
5. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
6. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
7. Lorde - Pure Heroine
8. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
9. Arctic Monkeys - AM
10. John Fogerty - Wrote A Song For Everyone
Black Sabbath's comeback album 13 has topped rock bible Revolver's Best Albums of 2013 poll. The record gave the reunited group its first U.S. number one and its success globally has prompted the Paranoid hitmakers to extend their reunion tour into 2014.
Now bandmates Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi are tentatively contemplating a follow-up.
Frontman Ozzy tells the publication, "I'll leave it open. I'm open for anything."
The veteran rockers' new album has beaten Deafheaven's Sunbather to the top spot in Revolver's annual poll, while Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King comes in third.
Alice in Chains' The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here and ...Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age also make the top 10.
Rockers My Morning Jacket led a star-studded tribute to the late Lou Reed on Sunday (27Oct13) as they performed a cover of Velvet Underground's Oh! Sweet Nuthin' at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit in California. The group returned to the Shoreline Amphitheater stage for the second night in a row to repeat their set at the annual fundraiser, but they had a slight change in tracklisting as they remembered the Velvet Underground frontman hours after news of his death broke online.
My Morning Jacket recruited the likes of Young, Elvis Costello and Jenny Lewis to join in the classic rendition, while they also reteamed with Young to perform their pitch-perfect duet on Harvest Moon.
The Reed tribute wasn't the only highlight of the evening - headliner Tom Waits played his first show in over five years at the event and delighted fans with a 10-song set, including renditions of Singapore, Lucky Day and Cemetery Polka, before wrapping up the 50-minute performance with Come On Up to the House.
Other acts on the bill included Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, fun. and the reunion of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Reed died on Sunday, five months after undergoing a liver transplant.
Neil Young reunited onstage with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills for the first time in seven years at his annual Bridge School Benefit in California on Saturday (26Oct13). Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were among the highlights of the star-studded benefit, which also included performances from Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Heart, Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket and fun.
Young opened the show by performing a rendition of Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind before breaking into acoustic versions of Heart Of Gold and Comes A Time, which he sang with his wife Pegi.
Non-Young highlights included Costello's rendition of the Hollies' King Midas in Reverse with the band's Graham Nash, and Arcade Fire's rousing set.
The Canadian band was added as a last-minute replacement for The Killers, who pulled out of the benefit earlier this month (Oct13).
Frontman Win Butler told the audience at the Bridge School gig, "Neil emailed us a few days ago. They needed a pinch hitter, so we looked at our schedule. There's nowhere else on earth we'd rather be."
Young joined the band onstage for a new track they introduced as "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song".
CSNY took the stage just before midnight and kicked off their hour-long reunion set with Just A Song Before I Go.
The first night of the 2013 Bridge School Benefit weekend shows ended with an all-star rendition of Teach Your Children.
The annual charity concert continues on Sunday (27Oct13) with Tom Waits joining the line-up.
Neil Young's upcoming Bridge School Benefit Concerts this coming weekend (26-27Oct13) will stream for free in its entirety on YouTube.com. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens Of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun, Heart and Jenny Lewis are among the acts on the bill.
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has put himself forward for consideration to portray Star Wars robot R2-D2 in the upcoming sequel after sharing a spoof audition tape online. The rocker joined forces with editors behind YouTube.com comedy channel Stinky Mike to shoot the funny clip, in which the singer and self-confessed "giant Star Wars fan" decides to try out for a role.
When a pretend casting assistant suggests his tall stature and ginger hair makes him more suited to audition as a Wookiee, a hairy humanoid species in the sci-fi franchise, he replies, "Dude, don't be stupid. This (body) is like, obvious R2-D2. I want to be king of the droids. (Wookiee) Chewbacca's just like, a hairy beast. I'm like, an articulate, multi-lingual do-er."
He then dons a cardboard costume in an effort to make himself look like R2-D2 for casting directors, but the audition goes drastically wrong as he crashes into a presentation board and falls over as he utters the robot's sounds, "gleep glorp".
Homme's fake audition is part of Stinky Mike's series of joke auditions for the J.J. Abrams movie, Star Wars: Episode VII.
The rocker's audition may be a spoof, but Irish actress Saoirse Ronan revealed this week (begs30Sep13) that she really has tried out for the film, although she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated sequel.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, Florence Welch, Michael B. Jordan and Chloe Grace Moretz have also been linked to the cast.
Singer/songwriter Tom Waits is to perform a rare live show at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, California on 27 October (13). The line-up for the gig also includes Queens Of The Stone Age and The Killers.
WENNBuoyed by a triumphant headline slot at Glastonbury and an anthemic performance at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Sheffield's finest, Arctic Monkeys, appear to have rediscovered their mojo with their new record, AM. But how does it compare to their other studio efforts? Here's a rundown of their five UK number one albums, from worst to best.
5. HumbugEntirely subverting the public's impression of the band, 2009's Humbug saw the Monkeys abandon the Yorkshire Moors in favour of the Mojave Desert with a slightly menacing swamp-rock affair co-produced by Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme. The riffs may have been thicker and Turner's tales darker, but apart from the lovely "Cornerstone," the tunes were non-existent and the band appeared to alienate half their audience in one fell swoop.
4. Suck It And SeeThe title of their fourth album's lead single, "Don’t Sit Down 'Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair," proved that the Monkeys had regained some of their mischievousness even if the music didn't necessarily always reflect that. Indeed, the stodginess that consumed its predecessor had thankfully disappeared but Suck It And See was the sound of a band coasting rather the sound of a band hailed as indie-rock's great big hope.
3. Favourite Worst NightmareThe Monkeys followed up their striking debut with more of the same, only with the volume turned up to eleven. Indeed, drummer Matt Helders was undoubtedly the star of the show on an unashamedly louder and faster record which hinted at the heaviness ahead, but wasn't afraid to embrace the concept of a hummable melody either, as shown on the utterly charming "Fluorescent Adolescent."
2. AMMaking everyone who had jumped ship since their third album sit up and take notice again, AM showed that the quartet still possessed the ability to surprise with twelve hook-laden tracks which embraced everything from Beatles-esque pop, stomping glam-rock and in the case of "Why'd You Only Call Me When You’re High?," 90s G-funk, with impossibly infectious results.
1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm NotA thrilling ball of energy which immediately positioned the Monkeys as guitar band saviours, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not justified all the MySpace-assisted hype with ease. Combining Turner's distinctly Northern tales of teenage life with an inspired mix of post-punk, indie-disco and garage rock, this Mercury Prize-winning debut still stands up as one of the most of enthralling of the '00s.Follow @Hollywood_com
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Rocker Josh Homme threatened to walk out of Jay Z's Made in America Festival just hours before taking to the stage with his Queens Of The Stone Age bandmates when one of the rapper's security guards tried to search his bag. The No One Knows hitmakers were on the bill for the second day of the event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earlier this month (Sep13), but they almost pulled their set at the 11th hour over a bust-up with backstage workers.
Frontman Homme was stunned at the level of security demanded by organisers and he has branded festival founder Jay Z a "kook" for instructing guards to search the band's bags.
He tells Canada's CBC Radio 2, "That guy's a kook, you know. He has his security frisking the bands on the way in... I just told (the security guard) 'If you open up my bag, then we're not playing, so I guess it's up to you now to decide whether I'm playing or not'... You shouldn't frisk my guys, you should f**k off."
Homme was also left fuming after being asked to pose for photographs with Jay Z's own-brand Ace of Spades champagne at the festival, adding, "I was like, 'That's not a gift - that's a marketing tool.' I destroyed it, because I thought it was rude overall."
Summer may be winding down, but when it comes to entertainment, the year has just begun. Much like the film business, the music industry releases its big guns in the second half of the year, with some of the most anticipated albums of the year slated to be dropped in the fall. The influx of new indie and DIY artists has kept the music scene interesting, but for all you old schoolers yearning for some new music from familiar names, fall will definitely be your season.
Wu-Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow (TBA)Although there’s no official release date as of yet, Wu-Tang Clan’s sixth studio album, A Better Tomorrow, is tentatively scheduled to be released in November. The album is a milestone, marking the group’s 20th anniversary, and will feature the late, great ODB’s vocals on a few tracks.
The Roots & Elvis Costello: Wise Up Ghost (September 17)What do you get when you put one of the greatest hip hop acts with one of the greatest rockers? Pure awesomeness, of course. The Roots’ ?uestlove first hinted to a collaborative album in January in an interview with Billboard magazine, and a release date followed soon after. As if Roots + Costello wasn’t enough, the record will also feature a guest appearance from La Marisoul, lead singer of La Santa Cecilla.
Elton John: Diving Board (September 13)In between performing at Caesar’s in Vegas, having kids, and hanging with Lady Gaga, Elton John managed to squeak out new music that will make up his 30th solo album, NBD. The album is John’s second studio album without his band members since 1979’s Victim Of Love and will feature twelve new songs and three piano interludes.
Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (November 5)Eminem’s new album is the definition of “anticipated,” since the first single (the Beastie Boys-inspired “Berserk”) has already been crowned one of the hottest singles of the year and the album is a sequel to 2000’s brilliant Marshall Mathers LP. The album is produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and is expected to debut sky-high on the charts.
Mariah Carey: The Art Of Letting Go (TBA)Speaking of Eminem, Mariah Carey’s got a new record set to drop sometime this year, as well. The album’s release has had more dates than most people have in a week, but what’s (semi)certain is that Carey’s fourteenth studio album will be released in the next few months. The last release date was July 2013, which Carey pushed back because she didn’t want to “exclude meaningful songs.” All this waiting is making for some serious expectations.
Drake: Nothing Was The Same (September 24)Drake’s third album has everyone holding onto their hats, thanks to the star-studded line-up he’s already confirmed will be making an appearance on his album. The Canadian rapper will be joined by Jay Z, Future, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, TLC, Justin Timberlake, Aiko, Big Sean, and more.
Arctic Monkeys: AM (September 10)British rockers Arctic Monkeys have made a solid career for themselves, going from the English equivalent of a bunch of frat boys to a respectable band made up of 4 talented musicians. Their fifth studio album, AM, finds the band getting some hip hop inspiration and also features an appearance from Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.
Kings of Leon: Mechanical Bull (September 24)Mechanical Bull has Kings of Leon taking on a bunch of new directions at once, with lead singer Caleb Followill telling Rolling Stone that the album is influenced by everyone from Queens of the Stone Age to Sly and the Family Stone. It'll definitely be interesting to see how the new tunes from the Nashville rockers turn out.
Arcade Fire: Reflektor (October 29)After their wildly successful 2011 album, The Suburbs, Arcade Fire are finally back with their fourth studio album. The album has been getting hyped since The Suburbs was still going strong, since everyone wanted to see what the band had up their sleeve next. Arcade Fire released some teasers for the record, including a 40-second video montage of the band in the studio that dropped on September 9.
M.I.A.: Matangi (November 5)By now, just about everyone in the world knows not to mess around with M.I.A. The outspoken artist has never been one to shy away controversy, and the situation surrounding the release of her new album has been no different. After a number of delays of release dates courtesy of Interscope Records, M.I.A. threatened to leak the album herself if the label didn’t commit to a date. Interscope finally bowed down and M.I.A.’s fourth studio album will be making its way into headlines everywhere come early November.
Lady Gaga: ARTPOP (November 11)Lady Gaga’s third album is already drumming up a lot of hype, thanks to the early release of the first single of the album, “Applause,” which was mysteriously leaked immediately after Katy Perry’s new single was mysteriously leaked. Gaga’s new album is anticipated strictly for the “What the hell will she do next?” factor, not to mention that it will be interesting to see how she fares against her fellow other pop tarts.
Miley Cyrus: Bangerz (October 4)Oh, Miley. What’s not to anticipate here? From her brand new image as a twerking ambassador to her Miami Vice-inspired album cover, everything about Cyrus’ new album screams “Look at me!”, and, judging by how long it took for her VMAs performance to die down, look at her we shall. Bangerz will make or break Miley’s venture into her new image, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out.
Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 (September 27)Because 1 record isn’t enough for a grandiose comeback, Justin Timberlake will be releasing the second half of The 20/20 Experience at the end of September. Timberlake is at his best when he’s making music, and The 20/20 Experience provided a bevy of hits - hopefully the sequel will do the same.
Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt (October 14)After 2009’s Backspacer, Pearl Jam fans are anxious to hear what the legendary band has to offer next. Produced by longtime Pearl Jam ally Brendan O’Brien, Lightning Bolt will be the band’s 10th record and will draw on everything from punk rock to Pink Floyd influences.
Sting: The Last Ship (September 24)Already a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Sting is looking to add playwright to his resume, what with his working on a musical set to debut on Broadway sometime in 2014. The Last Ship is Sting’s eleventh studio album and is inspired from his play, which looks at the 1980s decline of the shipbuilding industry in Newcastle, England. His first album since 2003’s Sacred Love, the record will feature appearances from Brian Johnson of AC/DC, Kathryn Tickell, The Unthanks, and more.
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